If intermittent cheat meals fail to give the metabolism a boost, it’s usually a sign that it’s time for a diet break. A 1–2 week phase of eating your normal intake—however many calories you were taking in before you began dieting—is often enough to allow a suppressed metabolism to recover.
Do note that “normal” eating means about an extra 500 calories a day, or one additional healthy meal—not a daily trip to the drive thru.
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